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|Authority =[[Article_V,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_1|Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 1]]
 
|Authority =[[Article_V,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_1|Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 1]]
 
|Selected =Elected
 
|Selected =Elected
|Current officeholder =Judy Baar Topinka
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|Current officeholder = Judy Baar Topinka{{!}}Office currently vacant
|Partisan =Republican
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|Officeholder image = Judy Baar Topinka.jpg
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|Assumed office = January 10, 2011
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|Assumed office =  
|Compensation = 135,700
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|Compensation = 135,669
|Next election =[[Illinois state executive official elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Next election =November 6, 2018
|Last election= November 2, 2010
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|Last election= [[Illinois down ballot state executive elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
 
|Other offices =[[Governor of Illinois|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of Illinois|Lieutenant Governor]] • [[Illinois Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[Attorney General of Illinois|Attorney General]] • [[Illinois Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[Illinois Auditor|Auditor]] • [[Illinois Comptroller|Comptroller]] • [[Illinois Superintendent of Education|Superintendent of Education]] • [[Illinois Director of Agriculture|Agriculture Director]] • [[Illinois Director of Insurance|Insurance Director]] • [[Illinois Director of Natural Resources|Natural Resources Director]] • [[Illinois Director of Labor|Labor Director]] • [[Illinois Commerce Commission|Illinois Commerce Commission]]}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Controller of the State of Illinois''' is the chief financial officer of the government of [[Illinois]].  
 
|Other offices =[[Governor of Illinois|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of Illinois|Lieutenant Governor]] • [[Illinois Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[Attorney General of Illinois|Attorney General]] • [[Illinois Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[Illinois Auditor|Auditor]] • [[Illinois Comptroller|Comptroller]] • [[Illinois Superintendent of Education|Superintendent of Education]] • [[Illinois Director of Agriculture|Agriculture Director]] • [[Illinois Director of Insurance|Insurance Director]] • [[Illinois Director of Natural Resources|Natural Resources Director]] • [[Illinois Director of Labor|Labor Director]] • [[Illinois Commerce Commission|Illinois Commerce Commission]]}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Controller of the State of Illinois''' is the chief financial officer of the government of [[Illinois]].  
  
 
==Current officeholder==
 
==Current officeholder==
The current state controller is [[Judy Baar Topinka]]. She has served since January 2011, and was formerly [[Illinois Treasurer]].<ref>[http://www.ioc.state.il.us/index.cfm/about-our-office/comptrollers-biography/ ''Illinois Office of Comptroller'' "Biography" Accessed July 28, 2012]</ref>
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The office is vacant as of December 10, 2014, following the death of former state controller [[Judy Baar Topinka]]. Topinka was first elected in November 2010 and served until December 9, when she passed away due to complications from a stroke suffered the previous day.<ref name=story>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-illinois-comptroller-judy-baar-topinka-dies-at-age-70-20141210-story.html?track=rss ''Chicago Tribune,'' "Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka dies at age 70
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The processing of filling the vacant comptroller's office has generated debate among legislators about the requirements laid out by the [[Illinois Constitution]]. The governor is tasked with filling vacancies in state executive offices, though the length of the appointment is up for debate. A scenario that has gained support from legislative leaders and analysts involves appointment of an interim comptroller by outgoing [[Pat Quinn|Gov. Pat Quinn]] (D) through the remainder of Topinka's term expiring in January 2014. A second appointment for the full term Topinka won in 2014 would be made after [[Bruce Rauner|Governor-elect Bruce Rauner]] (R) is sworn into office. Another scenario supported by [[John Cullerton|State Senate President John Cullerton]] (D) calls for a special election in 2016 to prevent an appointed official from serving a full term intended for an elected official.<ref>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/chi-no-special-session-on-topinka-replacement-madigan-says-20141211-story.html ''Chicago Tribune,'' "Speaker Madigan rules out special session on Topinka successor," December 11, 2014]</ref>
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Quinn called for a special session of the [[Illinois State Legislature]] to convene on January 8, 2015, to address the vacant comptroller's office. Quinn and [[Lisa Madigan|Attorney General Lisa Madigan]] (D) have advocated for a 2016 special election in order to give the public a chance to replace Topinka. Rauner and Republican state legislators countered that a constitutional amendment is the only legal path to a special election.<ref>[http://politics.suntimes.com/article/springfield/gov-quinn-calls-special-session-comptroller-vacancy/thu-12182014-1205pm ''Chicago Sun-Times,'' "Gov. Quinn calls special session on comptroller vacancy," December 18, 2014]</ref>
  
 
==Authority==
 
==Authority==
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'''Article V, Section 1'''
 
'''Article V, Section 1'''
  
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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[[File:Illinois exec org chart.png|200px|right|thumb|Illinois state government organizational chart]]
 
According to [[Article_V,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_2|Article V, Section 2]] of the [[Illinois Constitution|state constitution]], state comptrollers shall hold office for four years beginning on the second Monday of January after their election and until their successors are qualified. They shall be elected at the general election in 1978 and every four years thereafter.
 
According to [[Article_V,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_2|Article V, Section 2]] of the [[Illinois Constitution|state constitution]], state comptrollers shall hold office for four years beginning on the second Monday of January after their election and until their successors are qualified. They shall be elected at the general election in 1978 and every four years thereafter.
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===2014===
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==Vacancies==
 
==Vacancies==
 
[[Article_V,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_7|Article V, Section 7]] of the [[Illinois Constitution]] addresses vacancies in the office of comptroller. If the comptroller...fails to qualify or if his office becomes vacant, the Governor shall fill the office by appointment. The appointee shall hold office until the elected officer qualifies or until a successor is elected and qualified as may be provided by law and shall not be subject to removal by the Governor.
 
[[Article_V,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_7|Article V, Section 7]] of the [[Illinois Constitution]] addresses vacancies in the office of comptroller. If the comptroller...fails to qualify or if his office becomes vacant, the Governor shall fill the office by appointment. The appointee shall hold office until the elected officer qualifies or until a successor is elected and qualified as may be provided by law and shall not be subject to removal by the Governor.
  
 
==Duties==
 
==Duties==
The [[Comptroller|controller's]] main duties include maintaining the state's fiscal accounts, ordering payments into the treasury, and issuing warrants against any funds held by the treasurer.
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The [[Comptroller|controller's]] main duties include maintaining the state's fiscal accounts, ordering payments into the treasury and issuing warrants against any funds held by the treasurer.
  
 
The specific duties of the comptroller are outlined in [[Article_V,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_17|Article V, Section 17]] of the [[Illinois Constitution]].
 
The specific duties of the comptroller are outlined in [[Article_V,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_17|Article V, Section 17]] of the [[Illinois Constitution]].
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==Divisions==
 
==Divisions==
The comptroller office is further split into six departments:<ref>[http://www.ioc.state.il.us/index.cfm/departments/ ''Illinois Department of Comptroller'' "Departments" Accessed July 28, 2012]</ref>
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The comptroller office is further split into six departments:<ref>[http://www.ioc.state.il.us/index.cfm/departments/ ''Illinois Department of Comptroller'', "Departments" accessed July 28, 2012]</ref>
 
*The taxpayer information and consumer affairs department
 
*The taxpayer information and consumer affairs department
 
*The cemetery care department
 
*The cemetery care department
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==State budget==
 
==State budget==
The budget for the Office of the State Comptroller in Fiscal Year 2012 was $109,800,600<ref>[http://www.state.il.us/budget/FY2013/FY13OperatingBudget.pdf ''Operating Budget Book''“Illinois State Budget Fiscal Year 2013,”  5.39, accessed June 20, 2013.]</ref>
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The budget for the Office of the State Comptroller in Fiscal Year 2012 was $109,800,600<ref>[http://www.state.il.us/budget/FY2013/FY13OperatingBudget.pdf ''Operating Budget Book''“Illinois State Budget Fiscal Year 2013,”  5.39, accessed June 20, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Compensation==
 
==Compensation==
 
:: ''See also: [[Compensation of state executive officers]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Compensation of state executive officers]]''
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===2014===
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In 2014, the comptroller received a salary of $151,035, according to the [[Council of State Governments]].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/kc/system/files/4.11%202014.pdf ''Council of State Governments,'' "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014]</ref>
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In 2013, the comptroller received [[Compensation of state executive officers|a salary of $139,669.]] This figure comes from the [[Council of State Governments]].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/kc/system/files/4.11_2013.pdf ''The Council of State Governments'', "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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===2010===
 
===2010===
In 2010, the Illinois Comptroller was paid an estimated $135,700 according to the [[Council of State Governments]].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/system/files/Table_4.11.pdf ''The Council of State Governments'',"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved September 5, 2012]</ref>
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In 2010, the Illinois Comptroller was paid an estimated $135,700, according to the [[Council of State Governments]].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/system/files/Table_4.11.pdf ''The Council of State Governments'', "The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed September 5, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Historical officeholders==
 
==Historical officeholders==
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==Contact Information==
 
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==External links==
 
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Latest revision as of 21:26, 18 December 2014

Illinois Comptroller
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $109,800,600
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder
Name:  Office currently vacant
Compensation:  $135,669
Elections
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
Other Illinois Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorComptrollerSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture DirectorInsurance DirectorNatural Resources DirectorLabor DirectorIllinois Commerce Commission
The Controller of the State of Illinois is the chief financial officer of the government of Illinois.

Current officeholder

The office is vacant as of December 10, 2014, following the death of former state controller Judy Baar Topinka. Topinka was first elected in November 2010 and served until December 9, when she passed away due to complications from a stroke suffered the previous day.[1]

The processing of filling the vacant comptroller's office has generated debate among legislators about the requirements laid out by the Illinois Constitution. The governor is tasked with filling vacancies in state executive offices, though the length of the appointment is up for debate. A scenario that has gained support from legislative leaders and analysts involves appointment of an interim comptroller by outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn (D) through the remainder of Topinka's term expiring in January 2014. A second appointment for the full term Topinka won in 2014 would be made after Governor-elect Bruce Rauner (R) is sworn into office. Another scenario supported by State Senate President John Cullerton (D) calls for a special election in 2016 to prevent an appointed official from serving a full term intended for an elected official.[2]

Quinn called for a special session of the Illinois State Legislature to convene on January 8, 2015, to address the vacant comptroller's office. Quinn and Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) have advocated for a 2016 special election in order to give the public a chance to replace Topinka. Rauner and Republican state legislators countered that a constitutional amendment is the only legal path to a special election.[3]

Authority

The office of comptroller is authorized by Article V, Section 1 of the Illinois Constitution.

Article V, Section 1

Officers: The Executive Branch shall include a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer elected by the electors of the State. They shall keep the public records and maintain a residence at the seat of government during their terms of office.

Qualifications

Here is a list of the standard qualifications necessary under Illinois State Law in order to be considered for the Comptroller's office:

Elections

Illinois state government organizational chart

According to Article V, Section 2 of the state constitution, state comptrollers shall hold office for four years beginning on the second Monday of January after their election and until their successors are qualified. They shall be elected at the general election in 1978 and every four years thereafter.

2014

See also: Illinois down ballot state executive elections, 2014
Illinois Controller, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJudy Baar Topinka Incumbent 49.6% 1,775,983
     Democratic Sheila Simon 45.7% 1,636,593
     Libertarian Julie Fox 4.8% 170,534
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 176
Total Votes 3,583,286
Election Results via Illinois State Board of Elections.

Vacancies

Article V, Section 7 of the Illinois Constitution addresses vacancies in the office of comptroller. If the comptroller...fails to qualify or if his office becomes vacant, the Governor shall fill the office by appointment. The appointee shall hold office until the elected officer qualifies or until a successor is elected and qualified as may be provided by law and shall not be subject to removal by the Governor.

Duties

The controller's main duties include maintaining the state's fiscal accounts, ordering payments into the treasury and issuing warrants against any funds held by the treasurer.

The specific duties of the comptroller are outlined in Article V, Section 17 of the Illinois Constitution.

Article V, Section 17, Comptroller - Duties: "The Comptroller, in accordance with law, shall maintain the State's central fiscal accounts, and order payments into and out of the funds held by the Treasurer."

Divisions

The comptroller office is further split into six departments:[4]

  • The taxpayer information and consumer affairs department
  • The cemetery care department
  • The local government department
  • The public accountability
  • The research and fiscal department
  • The electronic commerce department

State budget

The budget for the Office of the State Comptroller in Fiscal Year 2012 was $109,800,600[5]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2014

In 2014, the comptroller received a salary of $151,035, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]

2013

In 2013, the comptroller received a salary of $139,669. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[7]

2012

In 2012, the comptroller was paid an estimated $135,669. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

2010

In 2010, the Illinois Comptroller was paid an estimated $135,700, according to the Council of State Governments.[8]

Historical officeholders

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Contact Information

Main Office
201 Capitol
Springfield, IL 62706-0001

Phone: (217) 782-6000

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